“I Cry” Won’t be Going to QuiltCon…

….and neither will I.

Oh. I just realized how that sounds. Let me clarify – I was never going to QuiltCon 2017 for personal reasons beyond my control, but I had hoped my little quilt might be making the trip.

Now we both get to stay home together.

Here was my entry:

Tearful Mini Quilt

I Cry

Read more about this mini quilt by clicking this link. 

I entered this quilt on the last day, at almost the last hour. I didn’t make it with the intent to enter it in any shows, but at the last minute I thought it might be a good candidate.

After seeing the quilts that did not make it into QuiltCon and those that did, I can totally see why my mini wasn’t juried in.

Am I upset? Not at all.

This is the first juried quilt show I’ve submitted my work to, so my expectations were pretty low. The number of entries is overwhelming, and I can’t imagine the work the judges put in to narrow down the field.

It would have been nice to share the story about why the quilt was made, but there will be other shows and other opportunities. And if I’m honest, and looking at the quilt with a critical eye, I can see how it could be improved. Maybe I’ll make another one with those changes, maybe I won’t. The important thing is that I put my work out there for the world to see. I jumped off that cliff.

I jumped, I was told No. But I’ll do it again. And again. And one day, someone somewhere will say Yes. Then we can all do a big happy dance together. 🙂

Congratulations to everyone who submitted a quilt that was accepted – I know they will look amazing all displayed together and wish I could be there to see them.

To everyone who submitted and was told No, hang in there. Next year we’ll hold hands and jump off that cliff together!


About Beth

I'm a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get "licking the spoon" mixed up with "licking the fabric"!!
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14 Responses to “I Cry” Won’t be Going to QuiltCon…

  1. mlmcspadden says:

    I love your attitude! And it’s a challenge for me because while I’ve had quilts in special exhibitions, I’ve never actually tried entering a show. This year may be one that I jump off that cliff.

  2. dezertsuz says:

    I’m sorry it won’t be there. I really like it and would have loved seeing it up close. I’m sure there’s another venue where it will be accepted. I hope it will be near me!

  3. Kate says:

    Sorry I Cry didn’t get accepted. Congratulations on having the courage to put it out there for consideration.

  4. Bonnie in Va says:

    Ah, I’m sorry the world won’t be able to see your quilt. Wait, yes we can on your blog! Good for trying. I don’t think I’ve ever entered a juried show. Perhaps I should work toward that goal — nah, I’m not making spectacular quilts. I basically make quilts to use. I love them so I’m happy.

  5. Jen Rosin says:

    That is great that you were brave enough to enter! I think usually the first try is the hardest. I love your attitude about it. The “no’s” help us improve ourselves and we all need them to grow. Maybe one day I will join in on that jump. 🙂
    It is an amazing quilt for sure!

  6. Sandra says:

    I still have never jumped off that cliff, only had stuff hung at non-juried local shows. I just love everything about that quilt; it’s one of my favourites of yours. Good perspective on the entering process.

  7. Good for you for having the courage to try. I admire that a lot! I love that you are not letting this one “no” stop you from trying again. I believe one of your quilts will be accepted one day!

  8. I love your attitude about entering, Beth. I have definitely grown as a quilter and individual for putting myself out there and entering shows. I really feel that I learn more from being told “no” than for the quilts that get juried in. It’s a fantastic quilt and if you like it, are proud of it, learn from it… then those are three huge “wins” in my book!

  9. Lisa says:

    Congratulations for jumping off the cliff, maybe one day I will as well.

  10. Congratulations for putting it out there, you never know what the jury will accept! I have only ever had one quilt accepted into a juried show, and it was the first year for AQS in Charlotte. I think they were desperate for entries as mine was pantograph quilted, and almost everyone else’s was custom done. Your quilting is wonderful, and next time you might get accepted, so keep submitting your quilts!

  11. Cindy says:

    I like your quilt and applaud you for having the courage to enter and face rejection. I am sure there will be a celebration for you.

  12. My quilt wasn’t accepted either but it was the first time I tried and I”m ready to try again in the future! Your quilt is lovely.

  13. Little Quiltsong says:

    I love your little quilt. Love also your attitude toward the ‘No’ – makes me think of the Abraham Lincoln story. At our previous home we had teardrop shaped flower gardens on each side of our driveway. Your mini, with just one teardrop is awesome!

  14. Kate Heads says:

    You may not have had your quilt accepted but no-one could accuse you of not trying. I Cry is a great quilt which would do well elsewhere. You rock girl!

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